This week’s readings: Your choice
Don’t forget to record your impressions and read the ideas outlined in the new Come, Follow Me manuals on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
This week’s scriptural insight comes from Verse by Verse: Volume 1 by Andrew C. Skinner and D. Kelly Ogden.
Palm trees do not generally grow on the slopes of the Mount of Olives, where the people had gathered to acclaim Jesus their king. The natural habitat of the palm is a more moderate and tropical climate such as that of the Jordan Valley. Palm branches could have been transported up from Jericho for the Passover celebration, as is done to this day. The use of palm branches for Jesus’ entry was not coincidental. Since the Hasmonean period, palm branches had been a symbol of Jewish patriotism, independence, and triumph over enemies
These ideas and topics are compiled from Come, Follow Me and have been adapted for specific situations. Check out the manuals online for more ideas, or come up with your own as you study!
As you decide which scriptures to study in the week leading up to Easter, consider picking just one or two verses from the final week of Christ’s life to read each day together. As you read, you could talk about the purposes of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and how it has blessed or can bless your family and marriage. For a list of suggested scriptures to read each day, check out Come, Follow Me.
In addition to reading scriptures about Christ’s last week on earth and His resurrection, you may also consider reading or memorizing parts of “The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles.” As you read and ponder your own testimony of the Savior, you might also want to challenge yourself to share that testimony this week, either in person or on social media.
For families with young children:
There are many Easter-themed scripture videos, analogies, and songs that you can use to study with your children this week. This week, you might consider letting your children each pick a song about Christ or the Resurrection from the Children’s Songbook for your family to learn, sing, and discuss. This can be a good way to involve children who like to be active, and you can even look up the scriptures listed at the end of the songs to enhance your family discussion.
For families with teens:
Jesus Christ’s Atonement and resurrection is about liberation, but not just from death and sin. For this week’s family discussion, as you read scriptures of your choice related to the death and resurrection of the Savior, you might talk together about what else the Atonement and Resurrection saves us from, such as weakness, sickness, or trials. Family members may even take turns sharing something specific they are facing in their lives and how Christ’s Atonement and resurrection can help. Your family could also record these individually or on a paper together and post it in a place where it will be regularly seen and remembered.
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